Bio-Algae Concentrates are blends of microscopic plants that grow in fresh water. They are actually called micro-algae, since they are microscopic forms of algae. Throughout this book I will use the term “algae” to refer to both singular “alga” and plural “algae.” These micro-algae have been around for quite some time: a few billion years, actually. They are some of the earliest and simplest life forms on the planet, and they appeared long before animals roamed these lands.
The cyanobacteria blue-green algae is known to be the first living organism responsible for the evolution of life as we know it. Having developed the ability to split cells and the cellular hormone system of communication early on, these microalgae were and remain the foundation of the food chain on earth.
There is more to the algae-human connection than meets the eye. One example is the human pH factor. As you may already know, pH is a measure of the concentration of H+ ions in a liquid. When a pH value is lower than 7.0, the concentration of H+ ions is high and the solution is termed acidic. Inversely, if the pH value is higher than 7.0, the concentration of H+ ions is low and the solution is termed basic, or alkaline.
The concentration of H+ ions, or pH, is a VERY important factor in any enzymatic reaction. One enzyme may work well at pH 4 while another works better at pH 8. Humans evolved from a marine organism that floated in salt water many millions of years ago. This organism already had a lot of enzymes and proteins working to make sure that it could get enough energy from its environment to reproduce and survive.
Since this organism came from the ocean, all of its enzymes were accustomed to working at a pH similar to that of the ocean’s, and this goes back to bacteria and microscopic algae that live near ocean shores. This is why some scientists say that the pH level of blood is the same as the ocean’s (and concentrations of salt and other electrolytes are also very similar to that of the ocean’s, explaining the salty taste of blood).
Some micro-algae are known by scientists to be great sources of “sun power,” and could actually be a future source of energy if we decided to invest in learning how to harness it.
These micro-algae contain an astounding array of nutritional elements: vitamins, macrominerals, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, proteins, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), chlorophylls, and a vast spectrum of phytochemicals. They are thought to contain every nutrient required by the human body. Yes, you could literally live off these micro-algae. You would not need to eat much of them either since they are so nutritionally dense.
The “micro” part of their name is no joke: these superfoods range in size from 2 to 8 microns, which is about the same size as a human blood cell. They appear green in color due to their chlorophyll content. Harvesting them requires special centrifuge equipment, which is one reason why individuals cannot grow their own micro-algae for consumption. You must get it from commercial processors who grow these superfoods in vast water farms located in regions of the world where the climate permits – the closer to the equator, the better, since there is more sunlight.
If Bio-Algae Concentrates were sold with a complete “Nutrition Facts” label, those labels could not possibly contain all 5,000 known nutrients in BAC, and they would be impressive indeed: zero refined carbohydrates, rich in digestible protein, packed with essential fatty acids, no “bad” fats, rich in chlorophyll, all vitamins, all macro and micro minerals and so on. I will list some of the known nutrients below, but it is also important to recognize that much of the healing phytochemical content in these superfoods is simply unknown. Scientists have not isolated and named all of the nutrients found in these plants yet, so just listing all of the vitamins and minerals found in them would not render a complete picture. The nutrients and phytonutrients that we know of are not the only ones that matter.
For example, in the early 1900’s, doctors thought there were only four vitamins needed by the human body. Now we know of over a hundred vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other substances that are necessary for optimal health. For example, vitamin B was once thought to be a single nutrient that existed in extracts of rice, liver, and yeast. Researchers later discovered that these extracts actually contained several vitamins, which were then given distinguishing numbers. Had you decided to use vitamin B1 back in 1919, the first discovered form of vitamin B, you would have missed out on the rest of the vitamin B’s, including vitamin B2, B3, B5, B6, biotin, folic acid and the all important cobalamins vitamin B12.
We will certainly discover even more nutrients in the years ahead, and when we do, chances are that they will already be found in micro-algae.